Willa Johnson: Diet Makes A Difference

Willa Johnson, a single mom from McRoberts, KY, has long struggled with health problems but didn’t realize she was in the prediabetes range until she found out her glucose levels were rising. She spoke with reporter Parker Hobson about her efforts to change her diet to one based on healthy foods, some of the obstacles […]

Firestarters Inspire At Rural Women’s Summit

In this report the “Firestarters,” six women from around rural America, share stories of personal struggles and community victories as they work to build up and strengthen their home regions. The Firestarters spoke at the closing session of the Rural Women’s Summit, where over 200 women from throughout the nation came together in Greenville, SC, […]

High Hopes for Hemp Cooperatives

Could hemp become a crop that can keep small farms in business? Many Ohio Valley farmers believe so but worry that the sort of corporate consolidation they’ve seen in other agriculture sectors will soon come to the new hemp industry. To address this fear and keep their operations viable, many of the region’s hemp growers […]

Sarah Smarsh, Ken Ward on Rural Realities

Sarah Smarsh, author of the bestseller “Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth,” and Ken Ward, Jr., investigative journalist for the Charleston Gazette-Mail and recipient of the 2018 MacArthur “Genius” Award, share a conversation about media misrepresentations of rural people, and what they see as the real […]